Bad Testers or Bad Studiers? You Decide.

We’ve all had it happen to us. The “blank brain” syndrome. After you spend hours studying for that big test, you sit down with your Scantron only to realize you know none of the information on the test. Well, you knew it, but you forgot. It can be one of the most frustrating episodes in educational history, but there are definitely ways to avoid it.

The best way to avoid this incident is to actually know the material. Most of us who spend those hours studying, are only trying to cram all the information in last minute. If you actually do the reading and study throughout the lessons, or even the entire week before the test instead of the night, you will greatly lessen the chances of contracting blank brain syndrome.

Different people learn in different ways. Try to use multiple senses to learn. Visual, aural, and verbal learning bundled together are far more powerful than just one.

Overlearning is another helpful studying technique. If you keep repeating information you’ve already learned, you’ll know the material so well that once test time comes around, there’s no way you’ll forget!

Always SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. Before reading, survey the entire chapter. While you’re doing it, ask questions that will help you remember. Begin reading the chapter. After you read each section, recite key points aloud, then, write them down. Last, review. Go over what you’ve read and the notes you’ve taken.

With the adaptation of these studying habits, you’re sure to keep the blank brain syndrome to a minimum. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or in this case, studying keeps the bad grades away! Good luck!

-Debra

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